Tuesday, July 19, 2016

All of Secular Society Under Attack in Turkey

Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan wants to reinstitute the death penalty to deal with coup participants, and you have to wonder just how many he wants to execute.

Erdogan vastly expanded his purge today, including university deans and professors, as well as more judges and prosecutors in an apparent wholesale assault on secular society. The total number of arrests and firings is now over 50,000....

Uri Friedman in The Atlantic says that Erdogan "could soon become the most powerful Turkish leader since Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, who founded modern Turkey, and arguably the most powerful leader “since the collapse of the Ottoman Empire” in 1923."

Ataturk used that power to modernize and secularize Turkey. Erdogan is using his newfound clout to bring Turkey back to the dark ages where the rule of law is gone, replaced by the rule of one man.